Our “Unique” Position in the Community
For over 22 years, Unique Food Management has been fortunate with steady growth and success as a member of the Pontiac community. We recognize the value of this relationship, and what it has meant to our success as a member of the Pontiac community. We recognize the value of this relationship, and what it has meant to our success. We also believe it is important for us to help others in the Pontiac community have the same opportunity for success in life. We are proud of our community involvement and are committed to out future service to the City of Pontiac.
- UFM is one of the largest minority owned businesses in the City of Pontiac; we employ 22 Pontiac residents
- We work directly with the Oakland County Children’s Village BRAVO Program, providing a highly structured work experience in our kitchen for troubled males between the ages of 12-16. Under direct supervision, the students learn usable kitchen skills, and positive work ethics that will help them in their future.
- UFM collaborates with Pontiac’s Kennedy School MOCI (Moderately Cognitively Impaired) Program and New Horizon’s Special Services providing vocational work training, and experience for high school and post high school and post high school students. We are very proud to have hired three students into permanent jobs.
- We have also partnered with the Job Link Youth Program for several years. This program is focused on providing summer employment and after school job opportunities in the local community, to high school youths from low income families. Annually we provide jobs for up to twelve local teens, teaching them the basic job skills and work ethics. Many of the youths we have employed throughout the years have been students of Pontiac Academy.
- We are also an externship training site for the Dorsey School of Culinary Arts. Several of these chef externs have assisted at PAE (Pontiac Academy of Excellence) on various special catered events. One of these former externs, Sonya Riley now works at PAE as the food service coordinator.
- UFM collaborates with McLaren Hospital to provide meals to the homeless at Pontiac’s Baldwin Shelter.
- Since 1996, Pontiac Meals on Wheels (a division of UFM) has served Pontiac’s senior community delivering meals to homebound senior citizens five days per week. Every year Pontiac Meals on Wheels delivers a hot meal to those clients on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
- UFM/Pontiac Meals on Wheels co-sponsors with AARP annually, a summer picnic at Pontiac’s Bowen Senior Center. Over 300 local seniors attend to discuss senior issues while sharing a delicious, fresh grilled lunch.